CiviCRM is a great solution for non-profits looking to integrate their fundraising, event, membership, grant and email management systems. JMA Consulting is a leader in developing extensions and core contributions for CiviCRM.
In New York City we have been fortunate to have had in person user group meetings. It has been useful to CiviCRM see case studies presented by companies and individuals. To learn about how people use and customize CiviCRM for different types of organizations. It is also useful to meet in person other implementers, developers and users to work with on professional and volunteer projects. I think it is also important and fulfilling to try to share knowledge and resources with others to help sustain the community and project.
AustLII is the leader in the free access to law movement and has a philospophical bias towards open source systems. After investigating all the other possible major alternatives it seemed logical to turn to CiviCRM. We have software developer resources, and though it is not core business, we may be able to direct some of these resources towards improving CiviCRM for the community.
CiviCRM is an solid and feature rich web based CRM that supports an organization or non-profit's ability to service its members. In a recent implementation for client they are using CiviCRM as an association management tool for memberships and event registrations. Associations are a huge area for growth in the CiviCRM market, and the ability for an organization to own and control their own data via an open source platform is a liberating experience. Coupled with Drupal and/or Wordpress makes CiviCRM and ideal combination for ANY non-profit or association.
I chose to learn to use CiviCRM to learn how to help NPOs :) And because it seems to be a meeting point and a continuity of my values, my skills, and what I think we should develop for the next step of our humanity.
Our capacity organization manages a largely segmented contact list for bulk mailing, events, training, groups and donors.
We are helping other organizations gain advocacy capacities, managing constituency making, campaigns and petitions
As developers for various OpenSource CRM applications, we learned a lot from CiviCRM on its scalability and ease of customization.
CiviCRM community is truly organic cultivating growth for users and developers.
We wish to continue learning with CiviCRM and to tackle future challenges with CiviCRM.
CiviCRM is helping us serve member-based community organizing groups across the
U.S. to keep better track of their events, fundraising, and membership data. It's helping our community to aim higher in terms of what kind of questions they should be asking and what kind of data they should be collecting. We chose CiviCRM because it's the best all-around tool to do what our groups need, AND because it's open source.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on May 22, 2013 - 09:05
At CiviCon San Francisco, and at the sprints that followed, we spent a fair amount of time on the subject of ‘CiviCRM as a self-sufficient and financially sustainable ecosystem’. These discussions were wide ranging and super interesting (thanks to Peter Petrik from Skvare for his input and help facilitating). Following from these discussions, we have set ourselves two high level goals for the next 3 years:
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on May 2, 2013 - 15:44
Check out our line up of new features looking for funding as part of Make it Happen CiviCRM 4.4 and spread the word to organisations that you think would would be interested in funding these features.
Make it Happen is our way to crowd fund development of the functionality most requested by CiviCRM users and we have a range of projects looking for funding for the 4.4 release (due out this September).
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on April 2, 2013 - 05:04
We are currently shortlisting Make it Happen campaigns for the 4.4 release. For those not familiar with Make it Happen (MIH), it is a way to crowd source the functionality you'd like to see in CiviCRM. We want to have a finalised list of MIH ready for people to contribute to online by April 14th. If you have been thinking about an MIH for a while, now is the time to submit it for the 4.4 release.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on February 13, 2013 - 01:35
Next Tuesday at 9AM PST / 5PM GMT / 6PM CET (more timezones here) we're having a 'Fundraising with CiviCRM' Google Hangout where we'll explore how three organisations are using CiviCRM for fundraising. We are aiming to keep this session really end-user focused, and something that fundraisers who are new to CiviCRM and those that are already using it will find useful.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on January 25, 2013 - 03:35
It was amazing to see and hear so many reports from CiviDay meet ups happening all over the world this Wednesday. It's an awesome example of the power of the CiviCRM community - and open source networks in general - to make things happen. It was only last month that we decided to create a CiviDay and put up a blog post inviting people to participate.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on December 7, 2012 - 10:19
The concept behind CiviDay is pretty simple: all the local CiviCRM meet ups organise a meet up on the same day: January 23rd 2013. And we use this as an opportunity to grow and strengthen local CiviCRM communities and create new ones.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on November 23, 2012 - 07:35
For the past few months we have been working with Future First, who have an ambitious mission of 'creating an alumni network for every state school in the UK'. A key part of this work is the ability to track and engage with recent school leavers and we've spent a fair amount of time building tools that allow them to do this. One of these is an extension that allows them to hold scripted SMS conversations with their contacts in CIviCRM. We've just piloted this functionality with them and the results look quite promising.